Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Where Am I Supposed To Live?

The weird genre of "gentrifiers against gentrification" is puzzling to me. Essentially it seems that relatively affluent (not rich, necessarily, but not poor) people who recently moved into urban neighborhoods decry the fact that other relatively affluent people are moving into those same neighborhoods.

I'm certainly not for urban policies which encourage displacement of the poor from certain areas, and it's horrible that public services which should be equitably provided tend to follow money, but where exactly am I supposed to be living? How long ago did I have to move here before I'm not a bad gentrifier?

The whole thing is baffling to me.